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Old 02-15-2010, 11:02 PM
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Good weather and a long weekend. Finally get to work with some firebrick and the HF tile saw. Everything takes longer than I think it should, but going slow to try and not make mistakes that will show. Hearth floor and soldier course cut, and incredible tool ready for rings.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:00 AM
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Interesting build concept - is that bar in the middle a guide for the bricks?
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:06 AM
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Hi Eric,
Looks like your off to a good start,, good luck with your build.

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:06 AM
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Looking good! You have an insulation layer in that slab, right?
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:08 AM
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Thanks for the nice words. Yes there is 5 inches of perlite/portland mixed at 6:1 ratio. I formed a 4 inch well when I poured the structural layer then poured the sides up to 8 inches.
Heliman:The bar is the " incredible tool" if you search in Tools forum there is a step by step direction for making it. Just dry stacking some of the ring bricks I can see that it is going to make my rings much more consistent.
Thanks to Greg Geisen for passing it on to me.

I guess I should have posted to the end of my last post so the past pictures were visible.

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Good luck with your build! Looking forward to following it's progress!
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:31 PM
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Arch question- I am thinking about my inner arch. Is there a consensus about whether to mortar the bricks at the base to the landing? I am going to do a semicircle arch similar to sjmeff ( hopefully I can execute it as artfully as he did). In his pictures it doesn't appear that there is mortar between the floor and base of the arch.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:36 PM
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Interesting build concept - is that bar in the middle a guide for the bricks?
Search the forums for "indispensible tool".

[Self-plug: check my own thread for a version of this tool, but lots of other people have created similar devices].
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Yes there is 5 inches of perlite/portland mixed at 6:1 ratio. I formed a 4 inch well when I poured the structural layer then poured the sides up to 8 inches.
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Phew! I was worried for a second from your first photo.
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Re: your question on mortaring or not the base of the inner arch:
I looked at sjmeff pics too, my guess is, he did not but it's hard to tell. Since your arch is a semi-circle does it not attach to the dome for the 1st 8"-9" like those of us who have a 3-4 brick vertical rise before the arch-over? Keith (kebwi) I think did a semi circle, I wonder what he did?

On straight sided arch walls, there's lots of spots for mortar connecting it to the dome and I did not mortar to the base. Others did and it seems to no detriment (ie: " don't mortar to the floor so it can heat-expand easier"). Since you are arching right away, maybe it should be mortared .

I guess I'm just not sure, we'll what others recommend. Cheers, Dino
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